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Top 10 intriguing things about New Zealand and its wines

Top 10 intriguing things about New Zealand Wines

  1.  Did you ever notice that New Zealand is an upside down boot?
    • A boot and a leg warmer, to be exact; not contiguous, like Italy is.
    • Thanks to social media being launched, I launched the story above in 2010, and became listed on Google as the first place holder for this concept. (This will now be my on-line claim to fame… I’ll take it.)
  2. The Maori were the first inhabitants (Polynesian people) of New Zealand or Aotearoa, which means “Land of the Long White Cloud,” arriving before 1,300 A.D..
    • They were (and still are) people people, on the islands. Hunters, gatherers, weavers… And, today they are vintners and shepherds.
    • Perhaps this is makes them the Young Adverturess
  3. New Zealand is like Europe, in that you have to ask for your bill in a restaurant.
    • This is so unlike the US, where the greed of the restaurateurs is front and center:  “That table can bring in four to five parties a night, so I’m going to grab your plate just as you take that last bite and it’s headed for your mouth.”
  4. Because of the length of New Zealand, it has a variety of climates and landscapes from top to bottom. The north is subtropical, and can be wet during the colder months. The south, being close to Antarctica, is extremely cold in winter.
  5. Planned Celebrations ~ Get ready:
    • Sauvignon 2016, The International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration New Zealand • Monday, February 1, 2016 though Wednesday, February 3, 2016
    • Pinot Noir NZ 2017,  New Zealand • Tuesday 31 January 2017 – Thursday 2 February 2017
  6.  New Zealand is 1,000 miles, from 36° S longitude, to the world’s most southerly grape growing region Central Otago (46° S).
  7. No vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean and has long daylight hours with sunshine, and at night is cooled by sea breezes.
  8. Sustainable vineyards… sheep, ducks, Guinea hens, cattle, horse-drawn tractor machines, dogs, bee hives and free birds…
  9. My hero, James Milton, founder, viticulturist, winemaker for Milton Estates, Gisborne. In a video produced for sustainability… He stated what I’ve also always said:
    • “The interesting thing about when you move to sustainable, you start thinking about what you’re doing. And when you start thinking about it deeply, you then see that you have an impact on the land. We didn’t want to use soluble fertilizers, because soluble fertilizers don’t give a shit about what goes on in the soil. They just pop it in there, into the plant. And, when it goes into the plant, it goes into the grape. When it goes into the grape, it goes into the juice. When it goes into the juice, it goes into the wine. And, when it’s in the wine, it’s in the glass. When it’s in the glass, it goes into here [pointing to the process of from mouth to stomach]. So, be careful…”
  10. In New Zealand, sustainability is just responsibility and integrity, getting along with their neighbors, getting in front of other people in the world and proud to say that they’re not diluting nature. “It’s doing the right thing when no one is looking… It’s like leaving some wood in the hearth, after you’ve left.” — Rex Butt, Wither Hill, Marlborough
    • It’s simply of a way of life.

2 Responses to “Top 10 intriguing things about New Zealand and its wines”

  1. JC says:

    Regarding point #3: your comparison between NZ/Europe and the US is off.

    In New Zealand, you have to go to the register and pay, they don’t bring the bill to you, and even then you have to ask for the itemised bill or else you never see it! They just take your card and you have to trust that the amount charged is correct.
    I’ve also had plenty of plates picked up (and stacked in front of me!) before I’ve finished eating….

    At least in the US they DO bring the itemised bill to you BEFORE they take your card to charge it and what you might call ‘greed’ for your seat is by some accounts called ‘efficient business turnover.’

    P.S.: I’m not just talking out both sides of my mouth ~ I’ve lived extensively in New Zealand and the US.

  2. Jo Diaz says:

    I haven’t been to New Zealand, as you have… “extensively.” (That’s very fortunate for you. It makes you an anthropologist through experiences.) I have New Zealand friends, and I wrote #3 by hearing stories. I’m now going to research it future. I have no reason to doubt you… seeing both sides et all. I also have a second culture very different from my original one. I value your thoughts.

    Meanwhile… ‘efficient business turnover.’ I get that, and I also get going to places where you’ve got the table for the night, as Eurocentric as that is, because it’s all been structured into making payroll and having met expenses. (SIDEBAR: And, there are greedy people in the world, you’ve got to admit that it exists in all aspects of life. Who am I to judge? I only observe humanity. The courts and the gods will judge. Yeah, I can’t be bothered.

    It’s better to be an entree, than a turnover for dessert, is what I want in restaurant experiences…

    Thanks, JC, for letting me write a brief comedy act. You never know when you’re going to want or need one.

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